Saturday, February 9, 2013

Leave Your Sleep

Merchant, Natalie. Comp. 2012. LEAVE YOUR SLEEP. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. ISBN 978-0374343682 [Suggested Grade Levels K-4]

Singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant debuted an album of classic children’s poems set to music and then translated that work into this engaging collection of poetry for children. She includes a wide range of verses and poems by a variety of British and American poets such as Edward Lear, Jack Prelutsky and even a child poet from yesteryear, Nathalia Crane. These are accompanied by beautiful paintings by artist Barbara McClintock to create an engaging and memorable whole. A full-length CD of the recordings is included in the book, adding a rich aural dimension that offers multiple sharing opportunities. Extensive back matter includes photographs and information about the poets and the music. 

Share the musical selections (on the CD) and compare the experience of listening to the song version versus the print versions in the book. 

Research the poets who are showcased in the anthology by sharing details from the back matter that Merchant provides.

Connect this book with other anthologies that include a wide range of poems such as these examples:
Andrews, Julie and Hamilton, Emma Watson. Eds. JULIE ANDREWS' COLLECTION OF POEMS, SONGS, AND LULLABIES. ISBN 9780316040495
Martin, Bill, Jr. and Sampson, Michael. Eds. THE BILL MARTIN JR. BIG BOOK OF POETRY. ISBN 9781416939719
Prelutsky, Jack. Ed. THE 20TH CENTURY CHILDREN'S POETRY TREASURY. ISBN 978-0679893141

By Sylvia Vardell

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